On sunday, 29th October, green campaigners of Nerul organized an awareness walk to protest against the destructions of mangroves and wetland. The aim of this awareness is to protect the area close to NRI colony phase II in Nerul’s sector 60, where CIDCO wants to make a golf course and residential spaces.
The state government’s October 2016 notification modified the land use from no-development zone to regional park to include golf course and residential colony. Hence, the opposition of the green activists against the notification and the ongoing activities of tree cutting and other land development works.
Along with them, many residents also took part in the awareness walk to spread the awareness to save the mangroves and wetlands.
According to the protesters, the area is rich in mangroves, biodiversity and is a habitat of various bird species.
A survey done by bird experts shows that over 80 species have been identified in the area. Ina recent project, Teri identified atleast 4 species of mangroves and mangrove associates. As per expert recommendations, these flora and fauna species should be proteced and no changes should be considered.
Here’s what Sunil Agarwal, an activist had to say. ” A PIL is pending in the court against reclamation of wetland and mangroves. CIDCO plans to build residential buildings and a golf course in the area where flamingos can be seen in abundance. We need to mobilize public awareness and support.”